November 13 Lunch & Learn – VASIMR® Propulsion Development – Ready for the Next Level

Join us for an AIAA Houston Section Space Operations Technical Committee Lunch and Learn:

VASIMR® Propulsion Development – Ready for the Next Level

Dr. Jared P. Squire, Ad Astra Rocket Company
NOVEMBER 13 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm

University Space Research Association (USRA)
3600 Bay Area Blvd Houston, TX 77058 in the Berkner Room

More information available on the event page.

“Goodbye to Summer” Picnic and Membership Drive

Welcome back, Houston Section!

Join us for the first event of the year with a refreshing picnic, straw rockets, and horseshoes at the NASA/JSC Gilruth Center Live Oak Pavilion followed by an engaging talk from Daniel Palomo on “Is Houston ready to host the International Astronautical Federation 2018/19 Congress”:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00am – 3:00pm

Hold your horseshoes, there is more information to come… Please see more information on the event page.

May/June 2014 Horizons Issue

The May/June 2014 issue of Horizons is now online (46 pages in a 9 MB PDF file). Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This issue’s cover story is, “Morpheus, The Ups and Downs of an Autonomous Lander,” by Jon Olansen, NASA/JSC. This issue also contains climate change science and public policy articles, a book review by Bill West of the novel The Martian, by Andy Weir, a report on the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, by Larry Jay Friesen, and articles and schedules from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS), including, “Building an Astronomer’s Chair,” by Jim Wessel, and a summary of a presentation to JSCAS members by NASA astronaut Dr. Stanley G. Love, “Challenges of Traveling to Mars.”